Special agent in Mar-a-Lago case is testing whether Trump’s lawyer will lie in court, analysts say


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Evan Corcoran (R) and Lindsey Harrigan (L), members of Donald Trump’s legal team, at the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, September 1, 2022.Marco Bello/AFP via Getty Images

  • The special agent in the Mar-a-Lago case asked Trump’s attorneys to back up some of his claims.

  • A CNN legal analyst saw this as a test of his readiness to lie for him in court.

  • Unlike the media, lying in court is a punishable offense, noted analyst Ellie Honig.

Raymond Deary, a special master who reviews government records recovered by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, is testing the former president’s defense, CNN legal analysts said. .

During a court hearing this week, Deary asked Trump’s attorneys to provide evidence to support two of Trump’s key allegations. what he declassified The documents were stored in Mar-a-Lago, where the FBI planted the evidence.

Trump has repeatedly made these allegations in public, but his lawyers have avoided repeating them in court where the arguments are more closely scrutinized.

Trump’s attorneys argue that defending his declassification claim at this stage could undermine their defense in a potential trial. elicit an unimpressive response from dear.

In an appearance on CNN Thursday, legal analyst Ellie Honig, a former federal prosecutor, said Deary was trying to expose Trump’s lies.

“The power of our courts is that they have a way of uncovering the truth. Perhaps a person can get away with falsifying the truth in public statements, media, private life and business. But in the end, a judge or jury will say that’s your argument and you’ll prove it now,” Honig said.

“And because lawyers have ethical obligations, we see tensions as Donald Trump’s legal team won’t say in court what he says about declassification and planting.”

“You cannot make false statements in court. This is really a test for Donald Trump.”

Trump’s legal team spent weeks convincing federal judge Eileen Cannon to appoint a special master to review the documents, a move that slowed the FBI’s investigation and put the judiciary at risk. The Ministry objected.

But Deary’s appointment That seems to have backfired, some analysts say. In light of his harsh treatment of the Trump team’s defense.

The Special Master will have until November 30th to complete the document review and return to Trump anything protected under the Presidential Privilege Rule.

The DOJ won an appeal this week seeking to restore access to classified documents. Cannon was blocking until Dearie’s review was over.

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